"Somebody knows something:" Wideman murders still unsolved 15 ye - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

"Somebody knows something:" Wideman murders still unsolved 15 years later

Tommy Joe, Debra and Melissa Wideman, who was pregnant, were found dead on March 22, 2002. (Source: File) Tommy Joe, Debra and Melissa Wideman, who was pregnant, were found dead on March 22, 2002. (Source: File)
To this day, no one has been charged with the murders. (Source: WALB) To this day, no one has been charged with the murders. (Source: WALB)
Turner County's current Sheriff Andy Hester said his office and the GBI have yet to let this case go cold. (Source: WALB) Turner County's current Sheriff Andy Hester said his office and the GBI have yet to let this case go cold. (Source: WALB)
REBECCA, GA (WALB) -

It's been 15 years since a Turner County family was found dead inside their burned home.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now looking for new clues that could lead to an answer in the 2002 triple murder.

Tommy Joe, Debra and Melissa Wideman, who was pregnant, were found dead on March 22, 2002.

The Turner County Sheriff's Office and local fire department got a call for a house fire in Rebecca that day.

When those offices responded, officials found there was much more to the scene than just a fire.

The Wideman's were dead inside the burnt home.

To this day, no one has been charged with the murders.

Turner County's current Sheriff Andy Hester said his office and the GBI have yet to let this case go cold.

"Somebody out there knows something," said Sheriff Hester. "Often with any criminal activity, whether it's a murder or robbery or whatever, a lot of times they go unsolved until you get that little key piece of evidence that leads you in the right direction."

We spoke with G-B-I Special Agent in Charge JT Ricketson, who says in the past few months, he asked all his investigators to take another look at all their unsolved cases.

That included the Wideman murders.

GBI Agents are working to see what new technology they might be able to use to check the old evidence for new clues.

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